September 10, 2013Volume 17  Issue 16
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United Way of St. Francois County

739 East Karsch Blvd.
Farmington, MO 63640
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Chamber News   
Thank You United Way of St. Francois County & Upward Smiles Dental Clinic for Hosting the September First Friday Coffee
A huge thank you to the United Way of St Francois County, Donna Hickman, & Upward Smiles, Inc. for hosting the September First Friday Coffee Friday, September 6! What a FABULOUS attendance we had! Nearly 30 friends stopped in to say hello!

Don't forget to attend the September Investor Meeting on the 17th at Charboneau's A & C Restaurant to find out more about the United Way and their September & October push for support!

You can also find out more about the United Way


Mineral Area College Open House & Ribbon Cutting


New turf was put down about a week ago where bulldozers and cranes rumbled for a solid year of construction at Mineral Area College. Where once was just airspace between buildings, students now study quietly in the window seats of a skywalk. The community college in Park Hills is gearing up for a grand, multi-chamber ribbon-cutting on Sept. 12 to mark the end of expansion and improvement to the Park Hills campus that was fueled by a 2011, no-tax-increase bond issue the public approved by 76 percent.

Find out more here:  MAC Ribbon Cutting


September Investor Meeting Features Senator Gary Romine

As the summer legislative session wraps up, we are honored to welcome Senator Gary Romine as our guest presenter at the September Investor Meeting.

Senator Gary Romine was elected to serve Missouri's 3rd Senate District (Iron, Reynolds, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington counties and part of Jefferson County) in November 2012.


In addition to his legislative duties, Sen. Romine currently serves as President and CEO of Show-Me-Rent-To-Own, a business he founded more than 25 years ago. The company began as a single store in Leadington, Mo.; it now includes nine stores throughout the state that employ many outstanding men and women from southeast Missouri. He has served as chairman of the board for the Ste. Genevieve-based MRV Banks since its opening in 2007, and was the president of the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees, of which he had been a member for several years.


Find out more here:  September Investor Meeting


Ribbon Cutting for the New Handicapped Swing Set in Columbia Park


After more than a year of planning, the St. Francois County Rotary Club is excited to announce the completion of the county's first swing set in Columbia Park, Park Hills that is designed for disabled children.

The Rotary Club, along with the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the completion of the project with a ribbon cutting on September 19, 2013.  The event will include free hot dogs, chips, balloon animals for the kids and a special performance by Magician D.J. Edwards!

Find out more here:  Rotary Ribbon Cutting


Chamber Sponsors New England Trip


For the third consecutive year, the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce, Awesome Sunsets World Travel, and Collette Vacations is sending you on a trip!  In 2014 we're visiting the Islands of New England and we want to share all the details with you at a Special Travel Presentation on Thursday, October 24, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Private Dining Room at Mineral Area College.

This is a free, informational presentation and we guarantee it will provide you all the details on the trip with NO HIGH PRESSURE SALES PITCH.

Find out more here:  Islands of New England


Did You know...


...when you upload a "Hot Deal" or an "Event" to the Chamber's website through your Member Center, it not only lists those items on the "Hot Deals Page" and "Events Calendar" on the Chamber's website, but it also automatically posts the announcements to the Chamber's Facebook and Twitter accounts, AND, it creates a "News" tab on your very own page within our website that lists those events and deals?

Once the Hot Deal or Event is posted to our webpage, you also have up to six ways to "share" that page with friends, family, employees, or whomever!  Some of the share options include via text, email, facebook, and twitter.

And coming soon, all "News Releases" submitted by you will be following the above mentioned protocol as well!

Log into your Member Center today, to find out what other interesting things you can do!  Investor Login


Investor Announcements 
Central Schools

It's Central Rebels Homecoming Time Again! 
It is that time of year again! The Central Homecoming is set for October 4, 2013. We play the Potosi Trojans (colors: purple/gold). We welcome your participation in our parade once again. If you would like to have an entry, please call or email me at 573-431-2616, extension 4140 or

Find out more here:  Central Rebels Homecoming

Central Schools
The Central Rebels Cheerleading Team Needs Your Support

We are looking for sponsors from the community to assist the cheer program with Rebel spirit items to be thrown at sporting events.

We have a very skilled team that truly leads the crowd by creating an electrifying environment at sporting events. Our team spends the year attending varsity football and basketball games and competes at the regional and state cheerleading competitions.

In addition to games, our cheer team spreads spirit at the high school by working with student council for events, performing at pep rallies, and decorating our school for big events. We also work with the middle school cheerleaders, participate in community activities, and assist with community service projects.

Find out more here:  Central Cheerleading Team  

Dix Garden Center by MCII

The Dix Garden Center Begins it's 2nd Fall Season
Our 2nd Fall Season begins on Wednesday, September 11th

Be sure to stop by to see our impressive assortment of mums, pumpkins, gourds, squash, cornstalks, fresh honey, straw bales, fall & Christmas decorations.

Find out more here:  Dix Garden Center

Habitat For Humanity of St. Francois County
5th Annual Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser - House Warming for Habitat
Featuring local area wineries, restaurants and catering companies. Wine will be available for purchase by the bottle or the case. Stock up for holiday parties or gifts!

Find out more here:  House Warming for Habitat  


.Me Partners with Parkland Meetup


The .ME Registry has announced a partnership to enhance the technological capacity of rural communities that it hopes will become a catalyst to create a movement to strengthen the global workforce.
The .ME Registry is providing free .ME domain names to participants of Parkland Meetup and Parkland Programmers, two community-based special interest groups in Farmington, Missouri, designed to create a knowledge worker community in the rural region of Missouri. 

Find out more here:   .Me/Parkland Meetup


Parkland Meetup: Small Business
We are pleased to be announcing our 4th Parkland Meetup. We will be adding more details in the very near future but wanted to get the event on the calendar.

We will be focusing on Small Business, challenges in today's small business world and solutions to solving them. 
Print Your Order Form Here:   Parkland Meetup

Mineral Area College

Simmons Match Campaign Continues Back at MAC

Dr. N. Gayle Simmons is once again leading the charge in support of his alma mater, Mineral Area College.

Simmons and his late wife, Rowena, both graduates from MAC's predecessor FRJC, spent their careers in education and worked for several years to inspire others to support quality, affordable education at MAC.

Simmons's dedication to supporting the community's access to higher education through Mineral Area College's innovative quality programs is a passion dear to his heart, he said. Through the Simmons Match, Gayle honors the memory of Rowena's legacy by supporting her passions - providing transformative education for students and advancing the mission of her alma mater.

Find out more here:   Simmons Match 

Mineral Area College

Thurman Heads Mineral Area College Foundation, Inc.

Kevin Thurman, of Farmington, has joined Mineral Area College as assistant to the president, Dr. Steve Kurtz.

It's actually a return to the community college that gave him his higher education start after he graduated from Farmington High School. He graduated from MAC with an associate degree in 1991, after playing basketball for former coach (and later athletic director) Tim Gray.


Find out more here:   Thurman Heads Foundation   

Mineral Area College

Missouri Senator Romine to Address 4th Friday

Mineral Area College opens a new academic year of Fourth Friday presentations and a few changes to format, when State Sen. Gary Romine, R-3rd District, addresses the crowd on Sept. 27.

This year, the Fourth Friday presentations will take place in the Fine Arts Theatre at 10 a.m. In addition to Romine's presentation, future Fourth Friday speakers will include State Rep. Linda Black, D-117th District on Oct. 25 and State Rep. Kevin Engler, R-116th District on April 25.

The public is invited to attend Romine's Fourth Friday presentation, 10 a.m., Sept. 27, in the Fine Arts Theatre at MAC's Park Hills campus. A Q&A session will follow. For more information, contact Amy McKenna-Jones, (573) 518-2146 or The lecture is free and open to the public.


Find out more here:   Romine Addresses 4th Friday    

Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center

PRC Walk For Life 2013

Pre-Register NOW for the Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center's Walk for Life on October 12th.   WALK to show your support for the many free services that the Parkland PRC provides and to celebrate life.


Find out more here:   Walk For Life    

The Printing Co.

The Printing Co. Donates Back to School Folders

Students at Farmington Schools: Truman, Washington/Franklin, Roosevelt, Jefferson, Middle School, Transportation department and St. Paul Lutheran School; North County Schools: Middle, Intermediate, Parkside, Primary Elementary, and St. Joseph School in Bonne Terre are all beginning a new year with colorful new folders for carrying homework and other papers between school and home.


Find out more here:   Back to School Folders    

The Printing Co.

The Printing Co. Donates Merges with Custom Graphics Printing

The Printing co. is pleased to announce the merger with Custom Graphics and Printing in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  Currently located in Cape Girardeau, Perryville and Farmington, The Printing co. offers full service printing, design, apparel and promotional products.
The Printing Co. will continue to employ the staff working for Custom Graphics and Printing.  The business will operate from the Printing Co.'s 112 S. Broadview location.  "We welcome the Custom Graphic and Printing staff to our team." states Jason Coalter, president of The Printing Co.


Find out more here:   The Printing Co. Merges    

The Printing Co.

Free Embroidery September!

FREE Embroidery on Colorado Clothing Full-Zip Fleece Jacket


Find out more here:   FREE Embroidery    

Serenity HospiceCare

Serenity HospiceCare to be featured on CBS & KFVS

The talented young women of Innovative Force aren't the only group from the Parkland area to be featured on national television!  Serenity HospiceCare, the area's only free-standing, non-profit hospice will also soon be enjoying some national exposure.
On Thursday, September 12 from 6:30 to 7:00 pm on CBS Channel 4 and at 6:30 pm on KFVS Channel 12, Serenity HospiceCare will be featured on a program called "AMERICAN HEALTH FRONT."  Serenity was approached recently by the program's producer who said they were doing a segment on hospice and asked Serenity to consider participating.  The Medical Media Group's debut of the program's first production was in June of 2002.


Find out more here:   Serenity on CBS & KFVS    

United Way of St. Francois County

Dine Out Thursday's Begin This Week at El Tapatio!

Dine Out every Thursday for United Way of St. Francois County!  A portion of the proceeds of every meal sold at each week's participating restaurant goes to the United Way!

Check the Chamber's Calendar on our website for locations of each Thursday's featured location! 


Find out more here:   Dine Out Thursday at El Tapatio    

Around Missouri  

Program Helps Existing Business Owners Defy the Statistics  




A nationally recognized entrepreneurial training program is coming to the Iron Belt for the first time.  Despite passion, drive and an abundance of good ideas, half of all new businesses fail within in the first few years. Often that's because, despite their zeal, entrepreneurs lack the experience and tools required for starting and running a business.

Current business owners in the area now have a new effective weapon to help them increase their chances for success - Fast Trac´┐Ż Growth Venture, a comprehensive family of workshops and programs that help current business owners home their skills needed to create, manage and grow successful businesses.

Find Out More Here:  FastTrac


Small Business Marketing Series   



This six-part marketing series will hep you in business delivery, customer service, local media advertising and public relations.

Find Out More Here:  Small Business Marketing

Food & Wine Events in the Show-Me State 



In Missouri, we enjoy outstanding food and beverages year-round. There's definitely something magical about fall, though. The beautiful weather provides a perfect backdrop for outdoor celebrations. The abundant harvest of our sweetest crops - especially grapes and apples - coincides with this lovely time of year.  
Find Out More Here:    MO Food & Wine Events

All About Business 
Do You Qualify for an Obamacare Tax Credit?

If you do, and you're not bothering to claim it, you could be leaving lots of cash on the table.




Although businesses with 50 or more employees won't have to comply with the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate until 2015, smaller firms that choose to offer health benefits can begin reaping the benefits of an enhanced tax credit starting next year.


The hard part: figuring if your company qualifies for the credit.


Since 2010, certain businesses--those with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees; that pay average annual wages below $50,000, and that pay at least half of the premiums for single health insurance coverage for their employees--have been eligible for a tax credit of up to 35 percent of employer-paid premiums. Starting in 2014, the credit will rise to 50 percent; qualifying businesses will be able to claim the credit for up to two consecutive years.

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Obamacare Tax Credits

Five Things I Learned From Tracking My Time for a Month

Are you really getting all you can from a day's work? Probably not. Here's how to find out for sure.



Eavesdropping can be so educational. I was listening in on a conversation between two entrepreneurs recently. One was very established and successful. The other was asking his advice about a difficult client. The established entrepreneur suggested comparing the time spent on that client's projects to revenues earned. As an aside, he added: "Please don't tell me you're not tracking your time."


That remark got me thinking. I wasn't tracking my own time. What would I learn if I did? I started using a Web-based timing application the following day. (It was SlimTimer, but there are dozens of choices.) I love stealing productivity secrets from the most successful people, and this is one of the highest-earning solopreneurs I know. Also, I'm enough of a geek to see the value in measuring, well, everything. Especially anything that can help my business be more successful.


Six weeks later I know a whole lot more about how I actually spend my working hours. For one thing, I devote more time to Spider solitaire than I'd like to admit. Beyond that, there are important lessons anyone can learn by keeping track of their working time, lessons that will make you more successful whether you run your own business or work for someone else.


Here are some questions everyone should ask:


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